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Thread: my version of calendar sue bonnet block

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    Senior Member Denise's Avatar
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    Hi everyone, i purchased this pattern , its called the sunbonnet sue, on embroidery library. I've been having problems with my embroidery, with puckering, so i try this pattern and it turned out not to bad. I was so excited i wanted to show everyone. It was fun making it, now i have 11 more months to do, away i go back to embroidering. Happy sewing everyone :D
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    Thats so pretty. did you have to piece sue?Is this machine or hand. Tell us more, looks darn good from here :D

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    Denise, that is fantastic! Looks quite thread dense, so I hope you have enough thread to complete your project! :lol: There is a tear away stablizer that is quite thick that may help with your puckering problems. Another suggestion, if you haven't taken an embroidery class, see if your retailer offers one. That is a place to pick up tips on hooping and stablizers. This one looks perfect to me. Keep up the great work!

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    Hi Ruth , the pattern is embroidered by machine and i just measured around to sew the border to it. I'm thinking of maybe putting another thinner border around the first one. Thank you for the compliment.

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    Thanks boo, i definitely will look on message board for tips on embroidery. I need all the help i can get. The store where i bought machine does have classes, but its abit out of the way to go for classes. But whenever i do go into town and stop in for more thread, (only have 80 colors) :lol: gotta have more . I always have a list with me for questions.

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    I did another block for my calendar sue bonnet, i'm so unhappy with the results of the lettering though. Can someone help me with this problem? I don't know why the pattern itself of sue bonnet sews good, i just don't understand why the lettering keeps skipping. The lettering is part of the pattern.
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    Those are so! cute Denise. :) I have no knowledge whatsoever about machine embroidery, sorry, but had to let you know how much I liked your work!

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    Thanks lin, thats ok , hopefully someone will come along and have an answer for me.

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    Wow those are so cute,they look pretty good to me :-)
    Re skipping on letters, I don't know anything about machine embroidery, but all things being equal ie needles,patt etc, the only thing you are changing is the thread, are you using a different type of thread for the lettering? Sorry but that's about as far as my knowledge goes :lol:

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    denise, what type of machine do you have? those needles wear out pretty fast. I have found that I have less trouble if I give it a break on big projects, maybe do a couple color blocks then wait 10-15 minutes before doing 2-3 more. I have a singer futura.

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    Thank you ShellyQ , they are cute, just wish the sewing part would go better. I am using the same thread through the whole pattern.

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    Hi kathy, my embroidery machine is a janome memory craft 300E, love the machine. I purchased my needles and stablizers and thread at the store where i purchased my machine. I'm afraid to use something different at different store, since i don't know to much about the different stablizers etc. I want to make sure i'm using proper products for my machine. Before i started these patterns i changed my needle, on the july pattern i even slowed down the stitching to 400. I thought this may help, i read or someone mentioned it me , that when a pattern has tiny areas of stitching it good to slow down machine for better results. The only thing i can think of what might be my problem is , when i downloaded my purchase of these patterns. Maybe something went wrong in the download, since i only have this slow dial up. So i'm thinking i should redownload them and then try doing the pattern again and see if it helps. Thanks for your help .

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    Love the blocks, those are very cute and colorful! :D
    Is the lettering the last thing that is stitching out? I am wondering if it is a needle problem. Maybe a new needle just before the lettering embroiders might help some, or a heavier thread for just that portion of the embroidery? Or can you use two threads for the lettering to help make it denser?

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    Thank you amma, i'll have to try out and see if it is the needle. Yes the lettering is the last thing stitching out, so i'll have to try it out again and see what happens the next time. Thanks for your help everyone.

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    Anothre line of thought I had is if you can use a different lettering program for this design? If that is all that you are unhappy about, does your program allow you to rework your designs? Choose another style font or lettering from a different design/program?

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    Oh yes , that is a great idea , thank you Amma i will try that. As you can see i did another month, and the letters didn't come out right again, i even did the lettering twice. For the next one i'll try your idea. Thanks again. :D

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    Are you using matching thread in your bobbin? It is hard to see in the picture whether your skipping stitches, your bobbin thread is showing or your thread tension is pulling on your stitches. Maybe try advancing through the program and stitching your lettering out first and see if that makes any difference..... can you change the density of the font in your program? Maybe they made a mistake in creating it?

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    did i miss the june block. i'm sure it's just as cute if i did. would like to see it if you have it. thanks

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    Hi tia sarah, no you havent missed it. I havent embroidered it yet. Was going to last night, but something came up so tonight i'll get it done. I started out with doing May first then July, since my hubby's bday is in May and mine is in July. Was curious to see how those two patterns looked. Hopefully I'll get all 12 months done soon, and i'll post them all here. There is also one extra pattern, its for the july 4th. So actually this package came with 13 patterns. I sure am happy i purchased this package, just love them. Happy sewing :D

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    Well ladies i did the June pattern, its not perfect. Small mistake on bottom of dress. So i think it may be the pattern. I also have to watch my tension, it started to really loop, couldn't believe it. I changed my needle and checked tension. I'll finish the other ones to, then make a lap quilt for myself. I'll just consider this project one good practise piece. When i do remake them all hopefully i'll have the problems fixed. Sure enjoy watching them as they progress through the sewing time. Can't wait to start next one, :lol: . Happy sewing everyone.
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    They are all so cute!!!!! I can't see anything but pretty Sue's :) we are usually our worse critics, lol. I can't wait to see the rest of them

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    They are really darling! I am ALWAYS my worst critic.

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    she's just as cute as the others.

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    I managed to get a few more done. I talked to lady at store and she said it has to do with my tension. So i'm still trying to get the kinks out of that. I still enjoyed making them though. I just love
    Febuary, i couldnt believe all her little hearts on her dress so sweet. So five more to do, then to decide what to do with them. Lap quilt or wall hanging for my sewing room. Need to have some color in my sewing area :lol: So maybe tomorrow i'll finish the rest. Happy sewing everyone. :D
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    heres April ....
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